“Sausage Party” Movie Review

CG-animation, the cast of This is The End, and sexual jokes. Gotta admit: you’re a bit intrigued. This computer-animated comedy was released on August 12th,  2016, raking in $46 million against a $19 million budget. This film has had a tumultuous pre-production, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg trying to sell the spec script to different studios for over 10 years. But now it’s here in theaters, awaiting my objective response. The story follows the various food products in a supermarket who believe that getting chosen by human shoppers is like the Gods bringing them into heaven. The main character, a hot dog sausage named Frank, decides to go on a quest to uncover the truth about their beliefs, soon discovering that everything they’ve ever known is a lie. Now Frank has to move to save his friends. In all honesty, I was laughing really hard for the majority of the film’s runtime. First of all, the voice cast is all great. Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig lead the charge as Frank and his love interest, Brenda. Behind them is an ensemble that includes Edward Norton as a Brooklynesque bagel, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as Frank’s two best friends who are also hot dogs, Salma Hayek as a lustful taco, James Franco as a druggie (who would’ve guessed), and Nick Kroll as a villainous douche. That’s not metaphorical whatsoever. The primary villain in this movie is an actual douche. Talk about taking things in a literal way. Michael Cera stands out from the crowd with his role as Barry. He’s always a funny actor, but his turn as a deformed yet lovable hot dog friend of Frank is easily the best part of the movie. As for the overall sense of humor, that can all be summed up in one word: offensive. Holding nothing back, the screenwriters took their sweet time in the 88-minute feature to exploit every single social and political stereotype in the book. From Nazis hunting the Juice section to street-talking chips, they certainly leave no group of people out of this equation. One minute, you could be laughing your ass off to a specific stereotype. The next, you could be taken aback by how offended a scene left you feeling. And yes, since this is a Seth Rogen movie, there is bound to be some gratuitous nudity. In fact, for a large portion of the running time, I thought, “It’s going to happen soon, and I’m not looking forward to it.” But it turned out to be a mass food orgy. Even though it was animated, it had to be one of the most graphic sex scenes I’ve seen in any movie to date. I looked over to my friend, and they were just gaping in disbelief and disgust. Oh, and in case it hasn’t been made obvious by this point, Sausage Party deserves every aspect of its R-Rating. So please do not see this movie with your children, your younger siblings, parents, or anyone you may feel uncomfortable with. For the rest of you, you are assured to have a damn funny time with this innovative and unforgettable animated comedy.

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